Needle artsFor a look at more than 1,000 pieces of...

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February 29, 1996|By Karin Remesch

Needle arts

For a look at more than 1,000 pieces of needlework entered by professional, amateur and junior stitchers, travel to Woodlawn Plantation in Mount Vernon, Va., the home of George and Martha Washington's granddaughter, Nelly Custis Lewis. Featured in the exhibition, which opens Friday, is the collection of needlework ornaments that decorated the Christmas tree in the White House. The ornaments, all stockings, represent every state.

The annual event was established to honor Nelly Custis Lewis, an accomplished needleworker who created many substantial pieces for members of her family.

The 33rd annual show is open through March 24. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are admitted free. Call (703) 780-4000. Attend the "Pirate University," a.k.a. School of 1696, Saturday at Darnall's Chance in Upper Marlboro and experience the history and culture of 1696. The all-day living history program is designed for those who don't mind a little black powder under their fingernails. The unique adult education program teaches through active participation. Hands-on skill training ranges from smallsword dueling to loading and shooting a cannon to hat blocking. Three tracks of instruction are being offered, plus an evening music concert.

The nonprofit activity is sponsored by the Maryland National Capitol Parks and Planning Commission in celebration of Prince George's County Maryland Tricentennial. Advance registration is required. The cost of $46 includes a picnic lunch; bring a friend for half price. Darnall's Chance is at 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive. Call (703) 979-3545.

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